As you know, the rules of Reiki life are one of the five elements of the Reiki system.
However, a rule of life is NOT an affirmation. Since books like Louise Hay’s “You can heal your life” have become known, there has been some confusion about the application of the rules of life.
Working with statements can certainly be revolutionary and useful. However, due to the use of the term “no”, they cannot be compared to the rules of life. The simple definitions below may help you to clarify the differences.
Definition of the Rule of Life (online dictionary): A rule or principle that prescribes a particular course of action or leadership.
Definition of affirmation (online dictionary): Define something as true; a positive statement or overview.
In many spiritual and religious practices, the rules of life have been used for centuries as orientation guides. Find out more information about one reiki by clicking on the link.
Now that you know what a rule of life is, let’s look at its origin. It is interesting to note that in addition to being one of the five venerable elements of the Reiki system, the rules of life are also their foundation.
In their essence, the rules of life are the key to the other five elements. These elements are meditation, laying on of hands, symbols/mantras and Reiju (harmonization). If a practitioner looks deep enough, the rules of life can be found in each of these elements.
Without the rules of life, the whole system would collapse.
Let’s now look at an example of the Japanese Reiki system, the Kenyoku ho ho technique. The literal translation of Kenyoku ho is “dry bath”.
In Japan, bathing is considered a form of purification, often called misogi. This type of purification focuses on purifying our negative thought patterns such as fear, worry and anger.
By practicing Kenyoku ho, we begin to feel clearer and more open to receive what we need.
This technique is often used by practitioners before and after a hand healing session.
Make no mistake, this is not done to protect the practitioner or to purify any “negative” energy that might be absorbed by a client. Kenyoku ho is rather executed to help you be more open and anchored.
When you feel more open and rooted, fear and anxiety disappear. And if that is the case, then there is no reason to protect you (from the outside) – we just need to protect ourselves from our own fear and worry.
So the basis of Kenyoku ho is the rule of life – don’t worry.
Each element and practice in the Reiki system is based on the rules of life. And if we completely remove the base, an effective system could no longer exist.
Therefore, it is extremely important for Reiki practitioners and teachers to understand the rules of life and to use them as a basis for teaching.